Longtime Arista Nashville VP of national promotion Bobby Kraig has resigned from the company. He underwent surgery on his spine earlier this year and has been on medical leave ever since.

Longtime Arista Nashville VP of national promotion Bobby Kraig has resigned from the company.

He underwent surgery on his spine earlier this year and has been on medical leave ever since. He has now decided that a return to work will not be feasible. Senior national promotions director Teddi Bonadies has helmed the label's promotions operation in Kraig's absence.

"I needed to concentrate on getting better and everyone has supported me and my family in this process," Kraig tells Billboard.biz. "Although I have made progress I must continue to focus 100% on my health and well being and for this reason I have decided to leave indefinitely."

RCA Label Group chairman Joe Galante says, "This is a sad day for us personally and professionally at RLG. Bobby is not only a valued member of our staff, but is also a friend and I will miss him very much. His passion for the artists and team he has led is a large part of our success and he will continue to be in our hearts during this time."

Adds RLG executive VP Butch Waugh, "RLG is a family and it's hard to see a family member leave. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and we wish him the best during his recovery."

Kraig joined Arista 12 years ago after a career in radio, including a programming stint at KPLX Dallas. Under his watch, Arista Nashville has been Billboard Radio Monitor's country label of the year for the last four years.




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